Nebula Award for Best Script

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Nebula Award for Best Script
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award trophy
Awarded for The best science fiction or fantasy movie or television episode script released in the prior calendar year
Presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
First awarded 1974
Last awarded 2009
Official website sfwa.org/nebula-awards/

The Nebula Awards are given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for the best science fiction or fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year. The award has been described as one of "the most important of the American science fiction awards" and "the science-fiction and fantasy equivalent" of the Emmy Awards.[1][2] The Nebula Award for Best Script was given each year for science fiction or fantasy scripts for movies or television episodes released in English in the United States or on the internet during the previous calendar year. Awards are also given out for published literary works in the novel, novella, novelette, and short story categories. The Nebula Award for Best Script was awarded annually from 1974 through 1978, and from 2000 through 2009. It was presented under several names; in 1974, 1975, and 1977 the award was for Best Dramatic Presentation, while in 1976 the award was for Best Dramatic Writing.[3] The award was discontinued in 2010 and replaced with The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation; this award, though not a Nebula, is presented at the Nebula Awards Ceremony and follows Nebula rules and procedures.[4]

Nebula Award nominees and winners are chosen by members of the SFWA, though the authors of the nominees do not need to be a member. Works are nominated each year between November 15 and February 15 by published authors who are members of the organization, and the six works that receive the most nominations then form the final ballot, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties. Members may then vote on the ballot throughout March, and the final results are presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. Authors are not permitted to nominate their own works, and ties in the final vote are broken, if possible, by the number of nominations the works received.[3] Beginning with the 2009 awards, the rules were changed to the current format. Prior to then, the eligibility period for nominations was defined as one year after the publication date of the work, which allowed the possibility for works to be nominated in the calendar year after their publication and then reach the final ballot in the calendar year after that. Works were added to a preliminary ballot for the year if they had ten or more nominations, which were then voted on to create a final ballot, to which the SFWA organizing panel was also allowed to add an additional work.[5]

During the 15 nomination years, 14 awards for Best Script have been given, including the special award given to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1978 but not including 1977, since no nominee was given the award. No winner was declared that year as "no award" received the highest number of votes.[6] With three awards The Lord of the Rings film trilogy earned the most awards or nominations of any franchise. The Christopher Nolan Batman movies, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Doctor Who franchises have each had two nominations, but no wins. Hayao Miyazaki, Christopher Nolan, Joss Whedon, and The Lord of the Rings screenwriters have had the most nominations, with three each.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the work was first released. Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the writer's name have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominees on the shortlist. Entries with a gray background and a plus sign (+) mark a year when "no award" was selected as the winner.

  *   Winners and joint winners   +   No winner selected

Year Writer(s) Work Publisher Ref.
1974 Greenberg, Stanley R.Stanley R. Greenberg (script), Harry Harrison (original novel)* Soylent Green Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [7]
1974 Crichton, MichaelMichael Crichton Westworld Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [7]
1974 Friedman, Bruce JayBruce Jay Friedman Steambath PBS [7]
1974 Moore, BrianBrian Moore (script, original novel) Catholics ITV [7]
1975 Allen, WoodyWoody Allen* Sleeper United Artists [8]
1975 Isherwood, ChristopherChristopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (script), Mary Shelley (original novel) Frankenstein: The True Story NBC [8]
1975 Laloux, RenéRené Laloux and Roland Topor (script), Stefan Wul (original novel) Fantastic Planet Argos Films [8]
1976 Brooks, MelMel Brooks and Gene Wilder (script), Mary Shelley (original novel)* Young Frankenstein United Artists [9]
1976 Carpenter, JohnJohn Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon Dark Star Jack H. Harris Enterprises [9]
1976 Jones, L. Q.L. Q. Jones (script) Harlan Ellison (original novella) A Boy and His Dog LQ/JAF [9]
1976 Harrison, WilliamWilliam Harrison (script, original story) Rollerball United Artists [9]
1977 (no award)+ [10]
1977 Ellison, HarlanHarlan Ellison Harlan! Harlan Ellison Reads Harlan Ellison Alternative World Recordings [10]
1977 Goodman, David ZelagDavid Zelag Goodman (script), William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (original novel) Logan's Run United Artists [10]
1977 Mayersberg, PaulPaul Mayersberg (script), Walter Tevis (original novel) The Man Who Fell to Earth Columbia Pictures [10]
1978 Lucas, GeorgeGeorge Lucas* Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope[a] 20th Century Fox [11]
2000 Shyamalan, M. NightM. Night Shyamalan* The Sixth Sense Hollywood Pictures [12]
2000 Avrech, Robert J.Robert J. Avrech (script), Jane Yolen (original novel) The Devil's Arithmetic Showtime Networks [12]
2000 Bird, BradBrad Bird and Tim McCanlies (script), Ted Hughes (original novel) The Iron Giant Warner Bros. [12]
2000 Millerman, JohnJohn Millerman The Uranus Experiment: Part 2 Private Black Label [12]
2000 Wachowski, Larry and AndyLarry and Andy Wachowski The Matrix Warner Bros. [12]
2001 Howard, DavidDavid Howard and Robert Gordon* Galaxy Quest DreamWorks [13]
2001 Darabont, FrankFrank Darabont (script), Stephen King (original novel) The Green Mile Warner Bros. [13]
2001 Miyazaki, HayaoHayao Miyazaki (script) and Neil Gaiman (English translation) Princess Mononoke Studio Ghibli/Miramax Films [13]
2001 Kaufman, CharlieCharlie Kaufman Being John Malkovich Propaganda Films [13]
2001 Shyamalan, M. NightM. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable Touchstone Pictures [13]
2001 Smith, KevinKevin Smith Dogma View Askew Productions [13]
2002 Schamus, JamesJames Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai, and Hui-Ling Wang (script), Wang Dulu (original novel)* Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sony Pictures Classics [14]
2002 Coen, Ethan and JoelEthan and Joel Coen O Brother, Where Art Thou? Touchstone Pictures [14]
2002 DeSanto, TomTom DeSanto and Bryan Singer (story), David Hayter (screenplay) X-Men 20th Century Fox [14]
2002 Whedon, JossJoss Whedon Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "The Body" Fox Television Studios/Mutant Enemy Productions [14]
2003 Walsh, FranFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (script), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel)* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring New Line Cinema [15]
2003 Elliott, TedTed Elliott and Terry Rossio Shrek DreamWorks [15]
2003 Taylor, MichaelMichael Taylor (script), Stephen King (original concept) The Dead Zone: "Unreasonable Doubt" DreamWorks [15]
2003 Whedon, JossJoss Whedon Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Once More, With Feeling" Warner Bros. [15]
2004 Walsh, FranFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson (script), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel)* The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema [16]
2004 Frank, ScottScott Frank and Jon Cohen (script), Philip K. Dick (original story) Minority Report 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks [16]
2004 Goodman, David A.David A. Goodman Futurama: "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" Fox Broadcasting Company [16]
2004 Miyazaki, HayaoHayao Miyazaki (script), Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt (English translation) Spirited Away Studio Ghibli/The Walt Disney Company [16]
2004 Stanton, AndrewAndrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, and David Reynolds Finding Nemo Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [16]
2005 Walsh, FranFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (script), J. R. R. Tolkien (original novel)* The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King New Line Cinema [17]
2005 Bird, BradBrad Bird The Incredibles Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [17]
2005 Gruber, J. MackyeJ. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress The Butterfly Effect New Line Cinema [17]
2005 Kaufman, CharlieCharlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Focus Features [17]
2006 Whedon, JossJoss Whedon* Serenity Universal Studios/Mutant Enemy Productions [18]
2006 Robinson, CarlaCarla Robinson, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle Battlestar Galactica: "Act of Contrition/You Can't Go Home Again" Sci-Fi Channel [18]
2007 Miyazaki, HayaoHayao Miyazaki (script), Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt (English translation) Howl's Moving Castle Studio Ghibli/The Walt Disney Company [19]
2007 Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan and David S. Goyer Batman Begins Warner Bros. [19]
2007 Taylor, MichaelMichael Taylor Battlestar Galactica: "Unfinished Business" Sci-Fi Channel [19]
2007 Moffat, StevenSteven Moffat Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace" BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [19]
2008 del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro* Pan's Labyrinth Picturehouse [20]
2008 Cuarón, AlfonsoAlfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby (script), P. D. James (original novel) Children of Men Universal Studios [20]
2008 Moffat, StevenSteven Moffat Doctor Who: "Blink" BBC Cymru Wales/BBC One [20]
2008 Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (script), Christopher Priest (original novel) The Prestige Touchstone Pictures [20]
2008 Wachowski, Larry and AndyLarry and Andy Wachowski (script), David Lloyd (original graphic novel) V for Vendetta Warner Bros. [20]
2008 Zicree, Marc ScottMarc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves Star Trek: New Voyages: "World Enough and Time" Cawley Entertainment Company/The Magic Time Company [20]
2009 Stanton, AndrewAndrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter* WALL-E Pixar/The Walt Disney Company [21]
2009 Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, and David S. Goyer The Dark Knight Warner Bros. [21]
2009 Wright, BradBrad Wright Stargate Atlantis: "The Shrine" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [21]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Star Wars was given a special Nebula Award in 1978, and no other works were nominated.

References[edit]

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